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Reflections on an internship – Hanna Ohaus

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County was thrilled to welcome Hanna Ohaus during the summer of 2019. Hanna spent the summer helping us in the office – and she always did it with a big smile and a “no problem!” Hanna is truly AMAZING! Whatever we asked her to do – from printing and copying Read More →


Support Our Local Food Pantries

As summer winds down, and camps come to an end, many of our families and children struggle to access food – both through summer lunch programs and available food items in our pantries. Consider donating canned or dried foods to your local food bank, or making a gift to a nearby shelter. Your neighbors will Read More →


Celebrating CFMC Grantees

Friends, donors, Board and committee members, and nonprofit organizations came together July 25 at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to celebrate “Good People Doing Great Things.” More than 130 people joined CFMC to recognize the grant recipients of 2018 and to share incredible stories of the positive impact we are having – together – on Read More →


A Warm Welcome to Mary-Jo Matava

We are pleased to introduce Mary-Jo Matava, CFMC’s new Director of Development. Mary-Jo joined the CFMC team on July 15th and has already found many great opportunities to meet our   friends and supporters, participate in fun events, and “Help Good People Do Great Things.” When asked what she was most looking forward to, Mary-Jo responded, Read More →


Happy Father’s Day

Thank You For your honesty and compassion; for leading by example and having the courage to admit a mistake; for being a provider and problem solver. For everything you do, you give, and you are – a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a mentor, a hero – Happy Father’s Day! In recognition of Read More →


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Happy Anniversary, Killingworth Community Fund (KCF)

Celebrating All Things Killingworth! Happy Anniversary, Killingworth Community Fund (KCF)! The Killingworth Community Fund (KCF) builds and supports the community – one grant at a time – in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC). In two short years KCF has supported many local nonprofits through grants. Here are just a few: The Read More →


Celebrating The Power of Women Helping Women

Oh What a Night! Thank you to everyone who joined CFMC’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls to celebrate the power of Women Helping Women! Friends and neighbors gathered at the Essex Yacht Club for an evening of inspiration, network, and great discussions. Dr. Kristen Zarfos discussed the importance of taking care of Read More →


Happy Mother’s Day

Teacher, Mentor, Coach, Confidant, Friend. Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, and so much more. The Board of Directors, members of the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls, and the staff at CFMC wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. THANK YOU for all you do. Thank you for your caring ways, your compassion, your Read More →


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Celebrating V.I.V.s – Very Important Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month, and we can’t say thank you enough to the Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County. The Community Foundation is honored and humbled to work with so many incredible individuals in our community. We are celebrating V.I.V.s – Very Important Volunteers. Whether it is on  a committee, as a Read More →


CT Humanities Awards Grant to the James Family Documentary Project Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The James Family and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce that Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has awarded the James Family Documentary Project Fund a grant of $17,500 for the continuing work on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters. Journalist, community volunteer and former CFMC board member Elisabeth (Liz) Petry and Read More →


A Round of Applause

For Great People Doing Great Things! At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we only know great people – those who are always lending a hand and helping our friends and neighbors. Each day we are reminded of how remarkably lucky we are to live, work, and play in this great community. Then there are the Read More →


To our friends and neighbors – Thank you!

THANK YOU…it’s a simple phrase that says so much. Thanks to you, we at the Community Foundation of Middlesex Country are able to make even the smallest gift have a big impact – through charitable funds that support education, the arts, animal welfare, the environment, human services, heritage enhancements, and so much more. We say Read More →


Buddy Bench Fun at Center School, East Hampton

Sarah Cody, WTNH, joined the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners Fund and Rushford Academy at Center School in East Hampton for a very special presentation – a new Buddy Bench for the playground! See all the fun HERE – and read Sarah’s story about the Buddy Bench project at the Community Foundation Read More →


Buddying Up for Positive Change in Essex

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Supports Social Inclusion Youth Project   The “Buddy Bench” is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Representatives from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Rushford Academy  recently joined students, teachers and parents at Essex Elementary School for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County Recognizes Morgan High School with Bully-Free Spotlight Award

HIGHLIGHTS: 400+ stand together for change at Rally for Bully-Free Communities in Middletown; The Morgan School in Clinton Recognized For Positive School Climate. Students, educators, business owners, and community leaders came out in record numbers to rally for bully-free communities at the EMPOWER Leadership Sports Center in Middletown on October 4, in recognition of National Read More →


iHeart Radio: Buddy Bench Project Conversation

Join Cynthia Clegg, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Dave Director, Chairman, Council of Business Partners at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Pat Rehmer, Senior Vice President, Hartford Healthcare and President, Behavioral Health Network and Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs for iHeartMedia as they chat about the Buddy Bench project and Read More →


Oh What an Evening on the Connecticut River

What an evening – from entrancing wildlife to great friends to beautiful vistas, we couldn’t have asked for more! We wish to thank everyone who joined us for a beautiful evening of fun and good cheer aboard the Lady Katharine as we Sailed Away for a Celebration on the Connecticut River. For those of you Read More →


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Celebrating Our 2018 Local Leaders Local Legends

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), we are so fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”. Every day we are reminded that everyone in our region truly cares about our friends and neighbors and where we live, work and play. On Wednesday August 22, CFMC held its bi-annual Local Leaders, Read More →


TAKE A SEAT…and learn how Middlesex County cares…

It’s a simple idea – with lasting results. Sometimes children (and even adults) feel alone. Sometimes children aren’t certain how to ask others to be included in activities at school. Well, there’s a solution – the Buddy Bench. Thanks to a partnership with the Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners and At-Risk Boys Funds, Rushford Academy, Read More →


Life-Saving Equipment for Our Four-Footed Friends

The Animals: Respect and Friendship (ARF!) Fund took the lead from a family in Chester and decided to help get a special piece of equipment in the hands of every fire department in Middlesex County. The ARF! Fund Committee set a goal in the fall of 2017 to raise awareness about the dangers of smoke Read More →


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